Man Stranded For Hours After Boat Strikes Whale
A lone sailor is in hospital after his boat collided with a whale then capsized.
A man was left floating in the ocean for almost two hours overnight after his boat struck a whale and capsized just off Fraser Island.
The boat collided with a whale at around 3am on Sunday and began to sink off the coast near Platypus Bay on the western side of the Queensland island.
The 42-year-old man signalled an alarm alerting authorities, but the satellite failed to initially pick up his position, according to police.
It wasn’t until about 4:30am -- after more than an hour-and-a-half floating in the ocean -- that the man, who was the only person on the boat, was spotted by a rescue helicopter.
“About 3am this morning police were notified that a vessel reported they had struck something in the water and vessel was taking water,” Hervey Bay Water Police officer Senior Constable Craig Collings said.
The man was transported to Hervey Bay Hospital in a stable condition but suffering hypothermia and an injury to his upper left arm and rib area, making it difficult to get him into the rescue vehicle, Constable Collings said.
While seas were smooth, there was a lot of rain while rescue officers were on route, according to Constable Collings.
“He was quite fatigued and relieved,” he said. “With the effects of the cold it was a little difficult to get information from the gentleman. Once paramedics treated him he recovered reasonably quickly.”
The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Canberra coordinated a rescue helicopter and police assisted with coordinating marine vehicles, police said.